Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No More Whining, Jimmy-Jeff!

James D. Guckert/Jeff Gannon (again, hereafter referred to as Jimmy-Jeff), you have only yourself to blame. Same goes for Republicans crying foul at Jimmy-Jeff’s “outing” by activist John Aravosis of Americablog.org and the Kossacks at DailyKos.com as well as others from Left, Blogsylvania. And now to add more gasoline to the flame (pun intended), Jimmy-Jeff is threatening litigation against said bloggers – for among other things, political assassination.

I’m shocked, Jimmy-Jeff, completely dumbfounded by your audacity. First of all, I wasn’t aware that you were a politician – which is sort of a pre-requisite for someone to “politically assassinate” someone else. Remember, Jimmy-Jeff, you are/were a male prostitute – neither a politician nor a reporter/journalist, although nowadays it’s tough to know the players without a program. You are/were the “top” that doesn’t/didn’t “leave marks, just impressions.” Remember? Second of all, you’re a Bush insider. Boy, if that phrase doesn’t have a new meaning! You should be the last person to threaten a frivolous lawsuit – given the Administration’s stand on tort reform, and all. But then again, this is the most hypocritical of administrations.

The real story behind all of this, of course, is those Left-wing bloggers picking on a gay man who has seen the Right-of-day, and simply wanted to pursue a dream of being a responsible journalist, only to be outed, by said bloggers, for his past transgressions. Past – as in the websites that advertised his non-journalistic services only became “history” a short while ago. Meaning it seems he was still peddling those non-journalistic services even while pursuing his journalistic aspirations. Kind of gives new meaning to the “hardest working man in journalism” phrase, huh?

The lapdogs in the White House Press Corp behave like my own dogs waiting for treat when it comes to the Bush Administration. They pant and wag their tails, gleefully awaiting a little morsel of Bush Administration BS. They are complicit even when Bush spits in their collective faces by planting Jimmy-Jeff amongst them and giving him exclusives they could only dream of getting.

We do owe the White House Press Corp and the mainstream media a bit of an apology, though. Jimmy-Jeff isn’t the only whore in question, but he is getting all the attention. Sorry, Mainstream Media. In my opinion, most of them are whores who sold themselves and the American public out by their complicity and complacency towards the Bush Administration. Not asking the tough questions is just as reprehensible as Jimmy-Jeff’s “softball” questions.

To be fair, not all of the mainstream media (MSM) have ignored this story. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown program seems to be the last remaining TV journalist seeking to report the truth. He was one of only a few mainstream voices reporting about the voter irregularities of our last election sham. He remains one of the only – if not the only – MSM journalists reporting the Jimmy-Jeff affair with any degree of objectivity. I remember back around the time when President Bush was selected for his first term, Olbermann was still doing sports and was posed the question: “Hey, Keith, will George W. Bush do for America what he did for the Texas Rangers?” to which Olbermann’s response was: “What do you mean, sell it?”

How prophetic Mr. Olbermann’s quip was, for that is exactly what George W. Bush is doing to America – selling it out. Selling out our democracy with questionable elections; selling out our economy by insisting on tax cuts for the wealthy while spending uncontrollably; selling out Medicare/Medicaid by trying to hide the real costs and real beneficiaries (pharmaceutical companies) of his plan; selling out Social Security by claiming it has problems that it truly does not; and so on; and so on.

But those are real issues and we have a sex scandal in the White House to distract us. The sex part isn’t the real story but it is a significant part of it. One does not need to be a psychic or a rocket scientist to conclude that the only way for someone of Jimmy-Jeff’s background to gain the access he had to the West Wing was via some sort of hanky-panky. The only other alternative is complete incompetence by the Secret Service. I’m gonna put my money on the former.

As for Jimmy-Jeff? Quit your belly-achin’! You’re getting your 15 minutes of fame, which should do wonders for your day job… or is it a night job? Either way, you’re getting a lot of free publicity, Jimmy-Jeff. Since your fake-journalism gig fell through, you’ve got your other profession to fall back on. I’m sure you’ve got some pretty high-falutin’ references too! Be sure to include those on your resume’, Jimmy-Jeff. Look how well it worked out for Monica Lewinsky.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Hypocrisy Knows no Bounds

I am reluctant to even start on this one since the story is still unfolding but this whole Gannon/Guckert thing could prove to be the comeuppance the Bush Administration and the entire ilk of the Neo-Cons so richly deserve.

This guy Jeff Gannon/James Guckert (hereafter called Jimmy-Jeff – has a bit of Texas flavor doesn’t it?) has to have something on someone extremely high up in our government. Why else would a former/possibly current male prostitute with no journalistic experience whatsoever be allowed access to the White House press room for 2 years – on day passes, no less? Why else would he have been given access to the West Wing? Why else would he have information about the Valerie Plame memo? Remember, this guy was denied a permanent pass and also denied access to cover the Capitol because of his questionable credentials as a journalist. Jimmy-Jeff is the skeleton in someone’s closet. (please be Karl Rove… please be Karl Rove… please be Karl Rove…)

My wife always tells me that those who scream the loudest against homosexuality usually have some homosexual tendency they are trying to cover up. Maybe that’s what’s going on here. I wonder who in the White House has paid Jimmy-Jeff for his other services. Hell, maybe they didn’t even have to pay at all. Something is going on here folks. I hope we soon find out.

Right-wingers must be beside themselves
Those who have accepted the truth that is. This is a big pill to swallow for the Moral Right. They campaigned as anti-gay Christians promoting family values. This definitely puts a sharp stick in their collective eye. Their Dumbya fielding questions and playing nice with a male prostitute whoring himself as a right-wing journalist cannot sit well in their stomachs. Well, I guess the only problem they have with it is the male prostitute part. They’re pretty much okay with whoring as a right-wing journalist. Ain’t that right, Armstrong?

We should not lose site of the most important fact that this is also an issue of national security. A fake reporter, with a fake name is given two years worth of day-pass access to the West Wing. This is worse than the vetting, or lack thereof, of Bernie Kerik. These are the people who claim to be protecting America and yet it appears that anyone who has given a Lewinski to a White House staffer may be given special access to the president.

For all the self-righteous indignation conservatives displayed during the Lewinski scandal, this is well deserved. People in glass houses should not throw stones. And if the Jimmy-Jeff scandal had happened to Clinton this would be all over our televisions and talk radio for the next several weeks. Save for a few peeps here and there, so far mum’s the word from the mainstream press.

The So-Called Liberal Media (SCLM) may soon awake
As I said before, this one isn’t over yet. The mainstream media has yet to pickup on all the juicy tidbits but since sex sells, they are bound to pick up on this sooner or later. One would think that they almost have to for two reasons. One, in order to keep up with the blogosphere where the story originally broke. Since the mainstream media seemed to stop being independent of the White House – back in say 2001 – the internet has become a dominant alternative for news and information – unfiltered and uncensored. Bloggers are faster with the info and have the potential to reach a much broader audience. Liberals are not the only visitors to sites like Buzzflash.com, CounterBias.com, and SmirkingChimp.com, to name a few. Right-wingers read our rants too. I’ve received my share of hatemail from people who haven’t liked what I had to say about King Fredo (Corleone) and his mis-administration. The louder they scream, the more we know we’re on the right track. Truth hurts. That same truth hurts the SCLM because the more people that start turning off their filtered news, the more they turn to the blogosphere. That’s money to them, baby. Fewer viewers = fewer advertising $$$.

The second reason the mainstream media may be compelled to talk about this is because it happened on their turf. A fake reporter – from the conservative side of the blog, at that – infiltrated their space. Jimmy-Jeff got info and access they coveted. Will they continue to be complicit? I certainly hope not and I don’t think they will.

This has the potential to snowball into an avalanche for the Busheviks. The campaign was their platform to further their anti-gay agenda and we may now know why they were so vehemently against gay marriage. One of their own may indeed be in the closet. Their hypocrisy was pretty obvious before with regard to democracy and freedom – spreading it abroad while destroying it at home. It seems the Neo-Con hypocrisy truly knows no bounds.

We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.